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The name Shiviti is based on Psalm 16:8 - "I have set the Lord before me always," which reminds man of God's omnipresence and urges him to remember God and his commandments in every action, and, in so doing, to avoid sin. This applies particularly in prayer, when one's mind should be completely turned to God, and one’s thoughts focused on the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable four-letter Name of God, the central feature of the plaque.

The name Shiviti is based on Psalm 16:8 - "I have set the Lord before me always," which reminds man of God's omnipresence and urges him to remember God and his commandments in every action, and, in so doing, to avoid sin. This applies particularly in prayer, when one's mind should be completely turned to God, and one’s thoughts focused on the Tetragrammaton, the ineffable four-letter Name of God, the central feature of the plaque.

Papercut amulet for protection of mother and child. Artist: David Elias Krieger (ca. 1900) Center for Jewish History. Jewish paper cutting on lifestyle blog Florence and Isabelle.

Papercut amulet for protection of mother and child. Artist: David Elias Krieger (ca. 1900) Center for Jewish History. Jewish paper cutting on lifestyle blog Florence and Isabelle.

Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, from a Jewish prayer book written in medieval Germany, about 1290 AD (now in the Saxon State Library)

Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, from a Jewish prayer book written in medieval Germany, about 1290 AD (now in the Saxon State Library)

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